Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome (MRLS)

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MRLS Effects Minimal in Central Florida

The impact of the deadly mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) has been minimal on central Florida horse farms this year, but experts say steps should be taken to limit future problems in the area’s vast equine industry.


That was the

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Third Florida MRLS Case Confirmed

An Arabian mare in Marion County aborted a 310-day gestation (the foal was born dead) on March 13 that was confirmed as having mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS), according to Dana Zimmel, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, Dipl. ABVP, of the University of

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Florida MRLS Update 3-31-06

A second foal has been confirmed as having died from mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) in Florida, according to Dana Zimmel, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, Dipl. ABVP, of the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine. The first case was a

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MRLS Update

“We can prevent mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) as we experienced in 2001 and 2002 by keeping horses away from caterpillars,” said Bruce Webb, PhD, a University of Kentucky (UK) researcher who has been studying the condition that

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Eastern Tent Caterpillars Cause Early Fetal Loss, Too

The case against Eastern tent caterpillars (ETC) causing mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) is getting stronger, say researchers. Gavage (tubing into the stomach) of caterpillar larvae has been shown to cause late-term abortions that are

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MRLS in Washington State?

While there has been speculation that several cases of mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) happened in Washington state during the spring of 2003, the number of accessions to the state’s diagnostic lab doesn’t uphold that theory. Charles

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Cicadas are Coming–But Shouldn’t Affect Horses

After a 17-year absence from Kentucky, one of the largest known broods of periodical cicadas will emerge this spring, and Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer is warning vineyard and fruit tree growers to be aware of the coming of

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The MRLS Mystery

MRLS touched us all, and some more than others; it broke not only the spirit, but the purse strings of many farms. We accumulated information on risk factors–from weather patterns, to host plants, to unusual insect populations, to time allowed expos

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Kentucky Abortions Update

The ?blip? of abortions seen in August, September, and October in Kentucky has continued on through December. With only about 50 total abortions reported, this problem might not even catch the attention of many people in a normal year, as

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